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Reports to the Head of Department: Dialogue and Advocacy


The Vangasali campaign is a partnership between the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The campaign seeks to embark on a registration massification programme aimed at increasing the registration of ECD services in the country, in recognition that the prevailing ECD landscape is unjust owing to it being biased against the poor.

The campaign encompasses three phases:

  1. Phase 1 (Count) was aimed at finding every ECD service in the country and was completed in 2020 – later this data was used to help inform the 2021 DBE census.
  2. Phase 2 (Register) is aimed at standardising the process for ECD registration across the country as well as introducing the registration framework which enables conditional registration for many poor ECD sites. 
  3. Phase 3 is aimed at assisting those ECD services that will not be able to meet even the basic registration requirements.
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It is within the ambit of Phase 3 of the campaign that the Project lead: Phase 3 Vangasali will be working.


Conceptualizing and developing Phase 3 of the Vangasali campaign, with this phase of the project aimed at intervening at ECD sites to enable registration. A significant part of the role will include project managing the Foundation’s efforts around Phase 3 of the campaign which entails finding and managing implementation partners as well as overseeing projects and its implementation thereof. This also includes developing monitoring and evaluation systems and keeping track of relevant data. Moreover, this position will include conceptualising and implementing a broader Phase 3 campaign which includes coordinating the ECD sector’s efforts towards contributing towards Phase 3 of the campaign. 



  • Develop a strategy in collaboration with the Dialogue and Advocacy team that enables the ECD sector and other donors and stakeholders to contribute towards Phase 3 of Vangasali in their respective domains. This should be in line with the broader objectives of Vangasali
  • Implement the developed strategy, including developing tools which will enable the effective implementation and monitoring thereof
  • Be responsible for stakeholder coordination to realise a successful Phase 3 of Vangasali, including government coordination across the different spheres of government
  • Give input on relevant communication outputs needed
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  • Research elements required for effective project implementation including building materials and related building components.
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation processes, in order to assess impact of interventions.
  • Conduct any research required regarding infrastructure gaps, in order to effectively deliver on mandate to increase registration of ECD sites.
  • Develop a good understanding of the ECD registration framework and ECD registration in general.
  • If and when needed, to conduct research on related components of Vangasali and ECD registration, and related matters.


  • To develop a timeline and workplan for project implementation
  • To screen potential implementation partners and to conduct due diligence before implementation
  • Manage the roll-out of the infrastructure projects undertaken by the Foundation, including ensuring quality outputs and contracting with implementation partners
  • To oversee projects through regular project site visits
  • To keep a record of implementation sites, partners, projects costs and any donor commitments
  • To manage the various stakeholders involved in the delivery of projects, including both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure timeous delivery of projects
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  1. A minimum of 3 years of experience managing projects
  2. Post Graduate qualification in the Built Environment or related fields  
  3. Experience of working with donors 
  4. Knowledge of infrastructure and construction 


The role is hybrid, with it being office-based as well as working remotely. This is a part-time role and is envisioned to be 2.5-3 days a week, depending on the availability of the selected candidate and budget. This is a fixed-term contract for a period of 12 months. This position will require extensive travelling and comfortability with driving long distances. A driver’s license is essential. 


To apply or to enquire more about the position, please send your abridged CV, academic transcript and proof of qualifications to the following [email protected], addressed to Ms M. Moagi 

Closing Date 12 July 2023 

Note: The Nelson Mandela Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer. Kindly note that if you haven’t heard from us in 3 months, please consider your application unsuccessful.  

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